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Pesticide laced roti claims six lives in Dhading

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DHADING —

Six people from a family died and 20 others became sick apparently after consuming toxin laced rotis, at Pida-8 of Tukun in Dhading locale on Sunday.

According to the District Police Office (DPO), Dhading, the deceased have been identified as Santa Bahadur Tamang, 60; his daughter in-law Fulmaya, 25; and grandchildren Sabita, 7; Arjun, 5; Ramesh, 5; and Sanu Kanchhi, 2.

The two-year-old breathed her last on the way to the hospital, while others died sometime during treatment.

Among the victims, 15 of them were referred to Kathmandu for treatment; four are undergoing treatment at Shiva Jyoti Hospital, Balkhu, while the rest have been admitted to Manmohan Memorial Hospital, Swoyambhu.

As per Dr Ram Prasad Shrestha, therapeutic chief of Manmohan Memorial Hospital, six of the 11 patients are in the emergency unit. One is said to be in critical condition.

Santa had washed the wheat grain laced with pesticide before taking it to a crushing plant. He had also left two manas of flour as payment to the plant holder Tilak Bahadur Dong.

Tragedy struck the Syangtan family when they consumed rotis made by crushing wheat seeds laced with pesticide.

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Tenure of NA members determined though lucky draw

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KATHMANDU — Tenure of members of the National Assembly has been determined through a lucky draw method on Monday.

As per the lucky draw conducted at the Federal Parliament in New Baneshwor today, the term of opposition party Nepali Congress lawmaker Surendra Pandey has fixed for two years, while the term of Nepal Communist Party lawmaker Dinanath Sharma has been fixed for four years.

Similarly, Nainkala Ojha, Shashikala Dahal, Udaya Sharma Poudel, Shanti Kumari Adhikari, Komal Oli and Taradevi Bhatta would serve as NA members for four years.

Likewise, the tenure of members — Bina Pokharel, Pramila Kumari, Dil Kumari Rawal, Deepa Gurung, Anita Devkota, Nanda Chhapai and Indu Kadariya — was determined for six years.

The term of Sarita Prasain, Mukta Kumari Yadav, Dhan Kumari Khatiwada, Binda Devi Ale, Mina Budha, Yutal Tamang and Kamala Kumari Oli has been determined for two years.

Of the 59 NA members, 56 were elected from seven provinces—eight from each province, with three others being nominated by the President on the recommendation by the government.

All the clusters have been divided into three categories of two years, four years and six years and the lawmakers should pick one of the three categories.

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